Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: December 21, 2010

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Events: December 21, 2010

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What are you doing New Year's Eve? If you're still thinking about it, then think Opening Night. No matter the age, celebrating New Year's Eve downtown is fun, exciting, family-friendly and not very expensive.

Presented by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 and closes at midnight with a spectacular fireworks show and the traditional dropping of a symbolic ball.

The night will be filled with live music, performances, dance and theater at a number of venues downtown. The Flaming Lips will perform a concert at the Cox Convention Center; visit ticketmaster.com for details. Top-billed illusionist David Thomas and his award-winning, Vegas-style magic show will be onstage in the Cox Convention Center. He will perform at 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. in Exhibit Hall 2. Young and not so young will be awed by his full-stage sets, lavish costumes and high-energy choreography.

Once again, there will be a children's area at the Cox Convention Center where fun-filled activities will be geared to youngsters' interests.

Among the many family-style performances will be an "upside down artist" and performances by hypnotist Steve Crawford, the Oklahoma City Roller Derby and Jamie Bramble. Children also can enjoy a musical instrument "petting zoo," sing along with Disney Mania and delight in the antics of the Bricktown Clowns and face painters.

Children also can participate in face-painting, inflatable obstacle course, a scavenger hunt and a wide array of art projects. The scavenger hunt will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cox Center, where the kids can gather clues, trek to other Opening Night venues and conclude with prizes awarded at Kerr Park at 10:30 p.m.

Admittance into the Children's Area and all activities is included in the purchase of an Opening Night wristband. Children under the age of 5 are admitted free. If you purchase your wristband in advance, it will give a $5 discount for ice skating at the Devon Ice Rink as part of Downtown in December. …

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